Get ready for Mindstorms

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Install the software

Click here for the EV3 Software. Download the file and install it.

Get the Ultrasonic Sensor plugin

Click here to go to the download page. Scroll down, look for “EV3 software blocks” and click on the Ultrasonic sensor to download the block. Don’t delete the file after you install it:

  • Open the Lego Mindstorms EV3 program
  • Create a new Project (and Program)
  • Click Tools (text on the Menu bar, not the icon) –> Block Import Wizard
  • Click Browse and select the file (block) you just downloaded
  • Click Import
  • Restart the program (not your computer)

You are set up now to start using Lego Mindstorms EV3 on your personal laptop.


Install the Arduino software

arduinoGo to the Arduino website to download the software, look for “Download the Arduino IDE”. Make sure you download the correct version for your Operating System.

Run the installer and open the program. You have to go through the following steps the first time you use your Arduino:

  • Connect the Arduino using a USB cable
  • Select the correct Arduino in the software: Tools –> Board –> Arduino/Genuino Uno
  • Select the correct port: Tools –> Port –> select the USB (Mac) or COM (PC) port

You might have to select the port again if you connect a different Arduino.